- Posted by Johanna on March 19, 2007 at 11:44 am
- Category: Meta
I just realized, while reading Michael’s Legion blog, that I’m not a Legion fan anymore.
I’ve been reading the current comic, but I couldn’t tell you what’s happening in it, and the characters seem like paper dolls to me, moved into poses and combinations of no meaning.
I don’t watch the Saturday morning cartoon, either. I’m glad it’s out there, introducing the characters to a new generation, but the plots and situations are too simplistic for me; I’m only willing to put time into watching shows with more characterization and depth. (That’s not a criticism or a statement of what the cartoon should be, just understanding that their goals and mine are different.)
Toys and other merchandise have never been satisfying, because you need so many of them to actually HAVE a Legion, and the product lines never last that long.
When I first dove into the world of the Legion 14 years ago, I never dreamed that it would set off a chain reaction that led to my second career (writing and this blog) and my wonderful husband (I was such a fan that I collected the editor, buh dump ba). And I never dreamed that I would now be at a point where I can look around, shrug, and read something else instead.
At one point, I was so upset by events in the comic that I vowed I was giving it up, but that didn’t last. Emotional reactions like that don’t, because you still have the passion. It’s when there’s a lack of any feeling at all that you’ve truly given up. Or it’s given you up. I understood this when I read Michael’s Wizard World LA coverage, in which Mark Waid announces that he’s quitting the book.
Because Barry [Kitson's] moving to Marvel and we’ve been the Legion team since the relaunch, I can’t see doing the book without him. The timing of it all means we had to move our plans up a few months, so issue #30 will be our last, and I’m moving on. That booming noise you hear is the sound of message board posters around the world whooping in delight. Judging by the internet, I will not be missed.
My sole reaction was “I’m sorry to see that he feels so unappreciated. It’s a shame that he needed to bring up bad reaction in saying goodbye.” I didn’t know that fan comment was all that negative, because I haven’t paid any attention to fan comment in years. (Internet message boards seem even worse than they were in the 90s, or at least not any better.)
I had high hopes for the book when the creators were first announced, but the ideas and approaches that were so exciting to hear about during convention panels didn’t seem to make it to the page, at least not in a way that I recognized. If anything, I’d blame my lack of interest on me, though, since I no longer have the patience to read monthly serial superhero comics with ongoing storylines, and I didn’t have an online support group to discuss ramifications and speculations with.
The new writer, at least temporarily, is Tony Bedard, whose work in the past I’ve found to be pedestrian at best, so this struck me as a great point to let the drifting away process complete itself. On the other hand, I’m still looking forward to seeing J. Torres’ stories for the new all ages Legion of Super-Heroes in the 31st Century book. Those tend to be stand-alone, which allows for more focus and actual endings.